Oro Valley asks residents to follow Governor Ducey’s Executive Order

Published on March 30, 2020

Stay Home - Stay healthy - Stay Connected. AZHealth.gov

Earlier today, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-18: Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected: Physical Distancing to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission. Governor Ducey has ordered these proactive actions as a follow-up to his declaration of a Public Health State of Emergency. The Town of Oro Valley is following the governor’s executive order to Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a situation none of us have been in. This calls for extraordinary measures that we’ve never experienced before. We want to help ensure our residents and communities stay safe,” said Mayor Joe Winfield.  “We ask everyone to follow Governor Ducey’s executive order to stay at home, and to limit trips outside the home for only essential work, getting supplies and medications, and recreating close to home. If each of us are vigilant in doing our part, we will see positive results in the coming weeks.”

Under the executive order, all individuals in the State of Arizona shall limit their time away from their place of residence or property, except:

  1. To conduct or participate in Essential Activities
  2. For employment, to volunteer or participate in Essential Functions
  3. To utilize any services or products provided by Essential Businesses
  4. Employment, if as a sole proprietor or family-owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to serve the public
  5. No person shall be required to provide documentation or proof of their activities to justify their activities under this order

Under this policy, Essential Activities include:

  1. Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family, household members and pets, such as groceries, food and supplies for household consumption and use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, assignments for completion of distance learning and products necessary to maintain safety, sanitation and essential maintenance of the home and residence.
  2. Engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of family, household members and pets, including things such as seeking medical, behavioral health or emergency services and obtaining medical supplies or medication.
  3. Caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household or residence, which includes but is not limited to transportation of a family member, friend or their pet for essential health and safety activities and to obtain necessary supplies and services for the other household.
  4. Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking or golfing, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used.
  5. Attending or conducting work or volunteering in Essential Functions which includes but is not limited to transporting children to child care services for attending work in an essential service.
  6. Engaging in constitutionally protected activities such as speech and religion, and any legal or court process provided that such is conducted in a manner that provides appropriate physical distancing to the extent feasible.

Read Executive Order 2020-12 for a list of definitions of essential functions (begins on page 2, section 3). They include:

  1. Healthcare and Public Health Operations
  2. Human Services Operations
  3. Essential Infrastructure Operations
  4. Essential Government Functions
  5. Essential Businesses and Operations
    1. Stores that sell groceries and medicine
    2. Food, beverage and agriculture
    3. Outdoor recreation activities
    4. Organizations that provide charitable and social services
    5. Media
    6. Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation
    7. Financial institutions
    8. Hardware and supply stores
    9. Critical trades
    10. Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services
    11. Educational institutions
    12. Laundry services
    13. Restaurants for consumption off-premises
    14. Supplies to work from home
    15. Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations
    16. Transportation
    17. Home-based care and services
    18. Residential facilities and shelters
    19. Professional and personal services
    20. Day care centers for employees exempted by this Executive Order (Executive Order 2020-12)
    21. Manufacture, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries
    22. Hotels and motels
    23. Funeral services

For questions about Governor Ducey’s Executive Order, please contact the Governor’s office.
For information as to how Executive Order 2020-18 affects Oro Valley residents, contact Ask OV at ask@orovalleyaz.gov